A Waukegan man, Jose Alvarado, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of his ex-wife last month on Valentine’s Day.
During the arraignment hearing, held virtually in Lake County Circuit Court, an attempt by Jose Alvarado’s defense to have his $2 million bail lowered was denied by Circuit Judge James Booras. Assistant State’s Attorney Donald Tyer had objected to the request.
Judge Booras set a case management hearing for Alvarado on April 14. A trial date has not yet been scheduled.
According to Waukegan police February 14, 2021 at approximately 6:45 a.m., the Waukegan Police Department received a 911 call in which Alavardo, 32, told dispatchers that his ex-wife was unresponsive inside a vehicle.
Officers from the Waukegan Police Department’s Patrol Division were dispatched to the 500 block of Lakehurst Road, where they located an unresponsive woman inside a parked white sedan.
The Waukegan Fire Department then arrived on scene and declared the woman deceased. The Waukegan Police Department Major Crime Scene Unit responded with detectives to investigate.
Waukegan police classified the victim’s death as a domestic violence-related incident.
Alvarado appeared in bond court on February 17, and was charged with first-degree murder in the case. He remains in custody of the Lake County Jail.
Waukegan police said that detectives are classifying the victim’s death as a domestic violence-related incident.
All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.
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